The transient luminous lunar phenomenon also known as moon flashing occurs several times a week and is observed to illuminate some parts of the moon’s landscape for a period of time before disappearing .
This mysterious moon flashing has been known since the late 1960s when the astronomers Barbara middlehurst and Patrick moore reviewed the scientific literature and found closed to 400 report of strange events on the moon.
Though there have been several theories offered to explain this luner mystery, the phenomenon however has remained a concept of mindboggling complexity.
In the survey of this flashing and diming pblished in the Journal science on January 27,1967,it is revealed that small regions of the lunar surface get suddenly brighter or darker without obvious explanation.
In attempt to describe the phenomenon Astronomer A.A Mills, in his article published in the march 1970, Journal nature, assert that the “emitted light is reddish or pinkish, and sometimes with a ‘sparkling’ or ‘flowing’ appearnce”, “the coronation may extend for a distance of 10 miles or more on a lunar surface, with bighter spots 2 to 3 miles across, and is commonly associated with veiling of the surface features. The average duration of an event is 20 minutes, but it may persist intermittently for a few hours” he said.
Professor Hakan Kayal of space technology has a hypothesis about what’s causing the longer-lasting flashes and hopes to prove this theory.
In his word, ‘Seismic activities were also observed on the moon,’ ‘When the surface moves, gases that reflect sunlight could escape from the interior of the moon. This would explain the luminous phenomena, some of which last for hours.’ However, there is currently no explanation for the briefer flashes. ‘Science does not know exactly how these phenomena occur on the moon. But it has attempted to explain them: the impact of a meteor, for example, should cause a brief glow,’
The university Prof. has said that ‘Such flashes could also occur when electrically charged particles of the solar wind react with moon dust.’